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Crowley Accepts Position at Eckerd College
10/22/2001

FORT MYERS, FL - Vice President of University Advancement John M. Crowley resigned his position at Florida Gulf Coast University to accept the position of Vice President of Advancement at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

President William C. Merwin accepted with regret Crowley’s resignation and praised him highly for his leadership and splendid contributions to the development of Florida Gulf Coast University. “John Crowley’s extraordinary leadership has been pivotal in the fundraising success of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation,” said Merwin.

“Private funds are critical to complement state funding for universities, and John’s leadership has been stellar. Just last year, under John’s leadership the Foundation raised $12 million dollars, exceeding his goal by 150 percent. Both personally and professionally, I will miss John as our professional aspirations and styles are compatible. We worked well together with the Foundation Board and community leaders. We wish John continued success in his new position at Eckerd College, and we extend deep appreciation for his outstanding contributions to Florida Gulf Coast University during its early years.”

President Merwin will appoint Assistant to the President for Government Relations and Executive Director of the Alliance of Educational Leaders Dr. Tom Healy to serve as interim Vice President for University Advancement. Before coming to FGCU, Healy held various University of North Florida vice presidencies, including an interim position as Vice President for University Relations that included the Foundation and fundraising.

Of his experience at FGCU, Crowley said, “Florida Gulf Coast University and Southwest Florida have been extremely kind and generous to my family and me. The University is a great place to work. The opportunity to build and develop a Foundation at a new university is a development leader’s dream, and I lived that dream for six years. I appreciate the support of my colleagues and coworkers, and I am especially gratified for the support of the people of Southwest Florida, Foundation Board members, donors, supporters and friends of the University whose generosity and philanthropic spirit allowed us to make significant strides in building the University. Under President Merwin, I see continued growth and success for Florida Gulf Coast University.”

Crowley sees his new position at Eckerd College as an extraordinary opportunity to work with an outstanding President and Board of Trustees to advance an exceptional liberal arts college.

Crowley has 29 years of experience as a development professional in both public and private higher education institutions. Prior to coming to FGCU he held advancement leadership positions at the State University of New York and at Cornell University.

As a senior executive, Vice President Crowley was responsible for these accomplishments at Florida Gulf Coast University:
Achieved award-winning Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognition at the national level.
Achieved a 54% average annual growth rate at the FGCU Foundation; Foundation asset base now exceeds $51 million.
Awarded the highest facilities matching grant ($4.9 million) amount in the 1998 State of Florida legislative session.
Raised endowment funds for seven endowed professorships and over 250 endowed scholarships since 1996.

Distributed over $12 million to support University activities not included in the Foundation asset base.

Built, through the bonding authority of the University Foundation, dormitory housing for 800 students at a cost of $22 million.

Crowley’s last day at FGCU will be in mid-December. He will be greatly missed at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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